Storrs, CT

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Storrs is a village and census-designated place in the town of Mansfield, in eastern Tolland County, Connecticut. Its resident population is roughly 16,000, and the community is dominated economically and demographically by the main campus of the University of Connecticut. Prostitution has been well-documented in the city for decades. For example, in May 1994, the student newspaper at the University of Connecticut contained allegations that UConn was the hub of a prostitution ring. It alleged that a group of “exotic dancers” had performed at as many as four parties on campus, and offered sex to students who paid. The allegations were investigated by local law enforcement, arrests were made, and the owner of the escort service later pleaded guilty to prostitution-related charges.

Identity disclosure and loss of employment are consequence of buying sex that have occurred within the city. For example, in August 2004, Hartford police arrested a University of Connecticut men’s assistant basketball coach after the man allegedly tried to pay an undercover police officer $10 for oral sex. The man resigned from UConn and agreed to perform 10 days of community service and undergo counseling. The man entered a conditional plea in Hartford Community Court to settle charges of soliciting prostitution and interfering with police. If he completed the community service and counseling, the charges would be dismissed. He resigned after his arrest on August 18 and the disclosure that he had been arrested twice before in other states on similar charges. The coach was one of more than a dozen people arrested in a prostitution sting run by Hartford police on Ashley Street.

Key Partners

  • University of Connecticut
  • Hartford Police Department
  • Hartford Community Court
State Connecticut
Type City
Population 16392
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